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ARTH 262
Modern Architecture Spring 2020
Division I

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A century ago, the Modern Movement promised the most sweeping cultural transformation since the Renaissance. Architecture was only one lobe of a comprehensive movement that embraced literature and painting, music and theater, all aspiring to the same radical emancipation from traditional form and structures of authority. What happened? How and why did modern architecture abandon its utopian vision. Students will explored the major developments in Western architecture from 1900 to the present, and become familiar with its major figures: Wright, Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Aalto, Kahn, Venturi, Gehry, Koolhaas, and Hadid. Students will learn a variety of skills: design a 1000-square foot vacation house; present to the class an analysis of a building; and organize a small exhibition of architectural treatises in the Chapin Library.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3279
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two hour tests and a design project including drawings and a written statement
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: juniors and sophomores
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ARTH post-1800 Courses

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